Prediction: By 2020 there will be 50 billion mobile devices generating 1,000 times today's traffic. How can the semiconductor supply chain make this possible? By providing complete solutions that go beyond silicon alone, according to speakers at last week's Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) conference.
The one-day conference focused on "global mobile data." I attended a keynote and a panel discussion on infrastructure innovation. The 50 billion device prediction (a 10X increase over today) came from the keynote given by Arpit Joshipura, vice president for strategy and communications at Ericsson.
Joshipura implored infrastructure providers to support standards and to think "end to end" as opposed to just supplying chips for a box. "The ASIC industry is no longer isolated to just an SoC or a device or a board or a box," he said. "It's a new world. Screen to server is the new end-to-end and you have to think of the big picture."
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